Bengaluru, April 17, 2019: In the quest to keep raising the profile of the event, the World 10K Bengaluru has named former women’s World No. 1 tennis star Arantxa Sanchez Vicario as the international event ambassador.
The Spanish legend who accumulated 14 Grand Slam titles – four singles, six doubles, and four mixed doubles is considered to be one of the most decorated Olympians in Spanish history winning four medals (two silver, two bronze).
At just 17, she reached the 1989 French Open final facing world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf. But she stunned one and all, and announced her arrival on the pro circuit, beating the German to win her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the youngest player ever to win the French Open.
She was the first Spanish player to simultaneously be ranked as the world’s No. 1 player in both singles and doubles during career. For her sheer tenacity and refusal to concede a point, Arantxa was nicknamed as the ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’.
“Running has played an important part in my career and I think it is the easiest way to keep your mind and body sound. Sport has the ability to connect communities beyond the competitive spirit, and instill a sense of pride amongst all and celebrate accomplishments.
“Running has managed to do just that. It is exciting that my association with India begins with the World 10K in Bengaluru. I am glad to be there on the start line with all the runners and enjoy the infectious energy on race day,” said the former world no 1.